Ergonomics, Exercise and the Computer Use Experience

Muscleloskeletal Pain and Suffering from Computer Use Can Be Reduced

A lot of people have heard of ergonomics (the science of designing the workplace to fit workers’ needs) at work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have issued a lot of directives to handle workstation issues but computer related health conditions felt by the people I get to talk to seem to be on the increase. Nothing seems to be working to abate the problem and many have come to expect it as a way of life and what you need to suffer to make a living, put food on the table and have a roof over your head.

I have good news it can be better. Muscleloskeletal pain, Depression, Anxiety, Eye problems and many other issues people are suffering can be minimized.

Sure the computer will always hurt as it is sedentary and exposes us to so many electrical and chemical toxins and violates many of the fundamental coded way of human existence an example of which is that it forces us to look at a source of light at close proximity with little blink function activated.

When we work at the computer our eyes need to focus and refocus constantly because pixels are not the same as words on paper. Words on paper are static and as an IT profession I will tell you pixels are not static hence there is stress involved in viewing things on a computer screens or any other visual display terminal (cell phones, videogames etc.).

This is a big problem, as everything today seems to have a screen as manufacturers try to get us to buy “stuff” because they have come to realize that we are visual people more affected by our vision than anything else. What we see has more sway.

One thing I have noticed is that many people stay glued to their computers, cell phones (sending texts) etc. for too long without exercising the rest up their bodies apart from their fingers. This is contrary to our normal way of exercising most of our body muscles in concert when carrying out most of lives’ activities. This cannot be good for our health.

My advice is to take a bathroom break often. Walk over to a colleague and ask some questions. Look up and wave to someone across the hall with a smile, stretch if you can without drawing attention, walk round the office block during your lunch break, occasionally open the widow or door and take in some fresh air (remember to avoid the smoking sections). Indeed be creative in finding ways to exercise your body part so no part is overused and non underused. This is something you have to make a conscious effort of doing. It will not come automatically or painlessly if you have been guilty of no exercise for a long time. The rewards are however worth it. You will feel better. Your body will thank you for it. This is one of the many things you can do to help minimize the effect of computer use on your health. It is neither expensive nor onerous but it will save you tons of money in medical expenses and you will be a better person to live with.

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Both OSHA and NIOSH have very educational websites. You may want to visit them to see what your employer is expected to comply with in terms of workspace comfort and ensure you at least get that level of help.

Computer Use and the World of Make Belief

Virtual Entrapment is the Reality of Our Lives Today as Humans

Is everyone like me or am I the only one that has come to realize that as a human I over time became less and less able to deal with reality but lived in a fantasy world of my own making where what I believed or said or saw on the computer or television was more real than reality and anything that conflicted with that comfort zone I rejected as false.

That is how I came to believe computers did not hurt and was unable to tie the many issues of headaches, dry eyes, allergy and asthma like symptoms I was having to the unnatural nature o the computer use environment. Since nobody on television or the computer said it was a problem it could not be a problem or else the media would have blown the trumpet.

As a result of my own experience I am now better able to discern things, understand peoples behavior, help them better and be less judgmental knowing the root of their lack of concern.

It is not that people do not want to help themselves and want to commit a slow suicide by not taking the necessary measures to help them minimize the issues they face, the problem is that we are have all become deficient to different degree in the biochemicals that help us understand and appreciate the full consequences of our action.

It is like the high people get from drugs that make them feel invincible and which when they do not have they are unable to cope without, and find themselves unable to cope with the realities of life/.

It is this same thing that happens with the computer and all other visual display terminal gadgets such as cell phones, blackberries, television etc. You feel lost if you have not had a computer use shot, you get on the computer everyday even when not at work and when you have nothing in particular to surf for on the Internet and spend hours just idling away at the computer.

While on the computer you feel kind of exited from your daily shot and your ability to shut out reality and live in a virtual world that you can control and where the only reality is o your own choosing.

The cumulative effect of this kind of existence coupled with the make believe world thrown at us by the television and Hollywood, is a tendency to retreat into this make believe world anytime something unpleasant shows up. The result of all this escapism is that we are all gradually losing touch with reality.

It is manifested in our politics. It is also manifested in our online comments many of which sometimes do not correlate with the message of the article.

And just like with any other aphrodisiac, we have come to believe we are invincible.

Because in the case of the computer we are able to get continuous shots all day we never allow ourselves to get a low it is easily accessible and so we are never forced to reassess our behavior and decisions until the long term negative consequences come to roost and it too late to put in any preventive measures.

It is at that point we look for whom to blame or fix us and when we do not find anyone we become bitter all from not being proactive.

For more information on computer related health issues please get my books available at amazon.com in print and kindle version.

Let me have your comments. I do welcome comments and new ideas. Thank you for reading.

 

Computer Use and the Growing Phenomenon of Teenage Depression and Other Mental Issues – Part I of a Two Part Article

This is an article I wrote in 2010 that is still current today – Read and enjoy

There are many kinds of mental issues that afflict humans including depression, schizophrenia, Bi polar disorder and so on. Depression is a mental issue that afflicts many people in our society today. Mental issues are really a result of our inbuilt stress management system being overwhelmed in one or more areas.

In bygone years depression was considered an adult only issue. Today however, both adults and children are routinely diagnosed with depression unlike the pre computer age when children played around more, ate organic food, were less exposed to artificial light and childhood depression was a rare occurrence if ever seen.

Stress to our system can be generated by a host of things including the presence of toxins in our bodies. Other factors include chemical, genetic, nutritional and electrical imbalances. Imbalances can result from work or relationship issues as well as environmental and genetically inherited factors and so on.

At least four of the stress factors – Toxins and chemical, nutritional and electrical imbalance are inherent in computer use, making users susceptible to various mental issues including depression like symptoms. These imbalances and stresses could also make those with genetic susceptibility more at risk.

There is no age at which exposure to stressors cannot wreak havoc in the system. The risk for teenagers is increased by the fact that their brains and body functions are still in the developing phase and may not have developed the capacity for handling certain stresses at the time of exposure. This constant rapid brain change can also mask the problem for a long time before it is detected.

The fact is that the use of computer devices of all kinds including iPhones, cell phones, video games, classroom teaching and learning devises in school and at home for study and recreation may be placing unusually high demand on the body’s nutrient, nerve and brain messaging biochemicals beyond what the growing body can effectively handle. This has serious current as well as future implications for today’s youth.

The lure of light generating devises may be too much for teenagers to handle without parental or other adult control. If parents or guardians for example are not vigilant the trouble may not be detected for a long time.

Today’s teenagers grew up on the computer and so have been exposed to these stresses for quite a while with accumulative weakening consequences for their natural body anti stress mechanism.

Computer-related health conditions take a long time to fully manifest, which may be why so many seem to suddenly be having issues. It is a build up that is now erupting much like a volcano takes a long time to build up before it erupts.

If parents do not notice the problem until behavioral issues get out of hand, there could be permanent damage done that would have implication for the rest of a child’s life.

According to The National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), “National Survey confirms that youths are disproportionately affected by Mental Disorders.”. They also say that ” mental disorders most commonly start in early life”

….. to be continued in part II

Please be sure to read part II. I will be providing some very simple practical suggestions

References

National Institute for Mental Health article – http://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2010/national-survey-confirms-that-youth-are-disproportionately-affected-by-mental-disorders.shtml

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